Senior Software Engineer, Ops at Color Genomics
Burlingame, CA, US
Color is a modern health service that applies expertise in robotics, genomics, software and design to a crucial healthcare challenge: preventing or detecting conditions where early knowledge can improve health outcomes and reduce treatment costs. Color’s affordable, clinical-grade genetic tests help people understand their risk for hereditary cancer and heart conditions - knowledge that they and their doctors can use to create personalized health plans.
Color's platform/ops engineers enjoy a wide degree of flexibility and tackle a diversity of challenges, depending on the interests of the engineer. Possibilities range from developer productivity (continuous integration, deploy tools, staging/feature environments, dev environment) to core platform (AWS, ansible, network config, database/caching layers, machine learning clusters and async pipelines) to team-wide engineering architecture (evolution to microservices, containers, logging, exception-handling, package/dependency management, core frameworks like Django and Python 3). No background or expertise in biology/genetics is required.
This role is primarily engineering with a focus on operations: the entire Color engineering team shares production oncall/operational responsibilities. Those with a background in developer productivity, site-reliability engineering, platform engineering, and similar roles at top engineering companies are encouraged to apply.

You will
  • Improve the quality, reliability, and maintainability of our web services and asynchronous/batch compute jobs
  • Propose and implement changes to our developer workflow and codebase
  • Help the entire Color engineering team improve our speed of execution without compromising reliability or safety
  • Drive team-wide efforts to propose and upgrade to new language versions and web frameworks. Make it easy for developers to deploy/manage/test microservices.

Projects you might tackle include
  • Implement configuration-as-code by porting home grown release and config management to Ansible, Chef, Puppet, and/or Terraform.
  • Lead us to separate our codebase and services into more loosely coupled components and microservices.
  • Evaluate and set up an internal build system that handles both internal components and external dependencies.
  • Speed up our continuous integration by porting it to Docker, parallelizing, decoupling independent components, or anything similar.
  • Work with security consultants to run a penetration test, analyze the results, and propose mitigation steps.
  • Lead internal training for on call firefighting, a la Wheel of Misfortune.
  • Set up white box and black box monitoring, alerts, and escalation for multiple interdependent systems.
  • Build a suite of tools for manually or automatically handling a range of production events. For example, a switch that we could flip to serve assets from application servers instead of a CDN if that CDN goes down...and then detect when the CDN is down and flip it automatically.

You might be a good fit if
  • You’re passionate about using software and technology to help save lives and prevent catastrophic disease. You want to apply your skills in the service of a greater mission.
  • You believe in craft and pragmatism: solving the problem at hand with the best tools for the job. Today we do most of our work in Python (Django) and a few popular JavaScript frameworks (Angular and React). We use go for automated builds, deploys, and staging/feature test environments.
  • You've learned through experience that “all code is liability,” and heavily emphasize reuse of existing packages.
  • You've spent the first years of your career mastering complexity, but are always striving for more simplicity.
  • You are excited about collaborating with scientists/domain experts across Color’s organization
  • You have strong opinions (loosely held) about modern web app architecture, including the benefits/challenges of microservices and client-side frameworks like Angular/React
  • You work best in a collaborative development environment, giving/receiving feedback on code reviews and designs to help the team sharpen its thinking and practices.
  • You are intrinsically motivated, able to execute independently (while being proactive about seeking input from colleagues).
  • You're confident coding in Python and an expert at managing and developing in cloud environments like AWS, with a variety of datastores, backends, and caching layers. You have experience with modern web frameworks like Django. You're experienced with microservice stacks, containers, and have some experience using go.
  • You enjoy teaching other engineers about operations and infrastructure.

Color is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Color prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Color conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.